Pushing Daisies - Complete Season 1 [Blu-Ray] [Region Free]
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All nine episodes from the first season of the popular US comedy/fantasy series, about a man who helps solve murder mysteries by using his ability to bring people back from the dead. When he was a child, Ned (Lee Pace) discovered that he could bring the dead back to life. Now an adult, Ned makes his living as a pie-maker, using his ability to prematurely ripen fruit for the pies, whilst helping a local P.I. solve his murder cases by asking the dead victims to name their killer. When they're called in to help with the murder of a tourist, Ned realises that the dead girl is in fact his childhood sweetheart, Chuck (Anna Friel). Ned's joy at reviving Chuck is tempered by the knowledge that his 'gift' has one vital drawback - if he touches the person he has raised, they die again, and this time for good. Episodes comprise: 'Pie-lette', 'Dummy', 'The Fun in Funeral', 'Pigeon', 'Girth', 'Bitches', 'Smell of Success', 'Bitter Sweets' and 'Corpsicle'.
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The love of his life is Chuck (Anna Friel). They would love to draw closer together, but dare not, for she was drowned. By rights, she should still be dead. Ned revived her with a touch from his magic finger. Unfortunately, if he were to touch her again, she would return to being dead. Permanently, this time!
If that weren’t complicated enough, Olive Snook, the blonde young lady who helps out in the pie restaurant(Kristin Chenoweth) is in love with him.
Ned and Chuck get together with private investigator Emerson Cod (Chi McBride). They do good business solving murders. Ned revives the deceased for one minute, and they ask who the murderer is. Simple!
The series is done in a deliberately stylized manner, with a delightful voice-over by Jim Dale.
I loved the quirkiness of it, and although the basic premise stays the same, there's usually some twists on it. The show also features Chuck's shut-in Aunts, who used to be synchronised mermaids and their love of all things cheese; and there's also an unrequited love interest, namely Olive Snook (played by Kristen Chenoweth), who works for Ned (Lee Pace) at the Pie Hole. The private eye, Emerson Cod (Chi McBride) main love of his life is money... and lots of it. He doesn't take too kindly to Ned allowing Chuck(Anna Friel) to work with them, as it means that the reward money going 3 ways, instead of 2. It's also got background narration provided by the former Carry On star, Jim Dale.
Anyway, that's basically it, without any spoilers. There's only 2 series of Pushing Daisies and personally, I'd hoped that another channel would pick it up, because there was nothing out there like it then, and there still isn't now.
Unfortunately disc 1 did have a few issues with skipping but it only happened once per episode and I didn't miss an awful lot, so it wasn't too much of a problem.
Ned needs to be extra careful when with his dog Digby and childhood sweetheart Chuck, both living anew because of him....
Lee Page and Anna Friel shine as the untouchables, real romance impossible for obvious reasons. A lively cast does full justice to OTT roles - especially the two aunts (ex-synchronized swimmers) and Ned's adoring waitress Olive (distraught on learning their saliva is incompatible).
Jim Dale narrates. Witty scripts. Vivid colours. Lush music. Many surprises and lots of laughs, including that hilarious brief allusion to Hitchcock's "The Birds". (Just one regret, apart from only nine episodes and no bonuses. Surely Ned could have found a better name for his diner!)
A fairy tale for adults, "Edward Scissorhands"-style? A bitter-sweet love story? Call it what you will. Simply salute a series that jumps on no bandwagon, preferring to offer something entertainingly and refreshingly different.
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